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Marineland cruelty case deferred to Feb.

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland will return to court Feb. 23 to answer to 11 charges of animal cruelty.

Lawyers for the Niagara Falls tourist attraction requested and received a deferral during a brief appearance Thursday morning at Provincial Offences Court.

Marineland owner John Holer did not attend.

Marineland takes news publications to court

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From Inside Halton:

Marineland and its owner John Holer have ramped up the legal machine, filing defamation suits against a pair of news publications.

On the heels of a $600,000 suit being filed in Ontario Superior Court against the online Digital Journal, the park has filed suit against Vancouver publication The Georgia Straight. As with the action involving the Digital Journal, the suit against the Straight is seeking $600,000 — $500,000 for what the park says is defamation and an additional $100,000 in punitive damages.

Deadmau5 urges Marineland owner to set park’s animals free

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From Yahoo! Canada Celebrity:

Deadmau5 may have sold his Purrari, but he has some new animals on his mind. The Niagara Falls native has come out in protest of his hometown’s theme park and aquarium, Marineland, for keeping animals captive.

On Monday, the 33-year-old music producer wrote a blog on his website entitled “Deer Marineland,” urging the park’s owner, John Holer, to remove the park animals and keep the rides.

Marineland demonstrations will continue: MAD

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From Niagara This Week:

The co-founder of Marineland Animal Defense says demonstrations will continue, but they will be obeying new restrictions laid out by the court last week.

Justice Richard Lococo imposed three several restrictions last Friday morning at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case of Dylan Powell against Marineland Canada. The interim injunction provides a number of restrictions against protesters, including trespassing on Marineland property, the use of megaphones, usage of words such as “abuse”, “torture”, “criminal”, “animal abuse” and “arrest John Holer”, and more.

Animal activist calls Marineland lawsuit ‘frivolous’

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From Niagara This Week:

An animal rights activist who filed a complaint with Niagara Regional Police after a confrontation with Marineland owner John Holer has dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by the park.

“Their Statement of Claim is frivolous and has almost nothing to do with me, personally,” Mike Garrett said after he was served with court documents informing him the 52-year-old theme park is seeking $1.5 million — general damages of $1 million and punitive damages of $500,000. “In their claim, Marineland makes numerous absurd and false allegations about myself.”

Marineland fight comes to City Hall

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From Niagara This Week:

It was far from quiet at City Hall on Tuesday as demonstrators protested outside council chambers for the second consecutive council meeting.

As city councillors dealt with motions, zoning changes and other regular council business inside, demonstrators from Marineland Animal Defense — a self-described campaign of concerned citizens determined to end animal captivity at Marineland — banged pots and pans, chanted (some through megaphones), and played a siren outside, standing just below the second-floor council chambers windows downstairs. Group spokesperson Dylan Powell said they were protesting at city hall for four reasons: council’s refusal to enforce bylaws against Marineland, the lease of a piece of public land to Marineland owner John Holer, attempts by the city to stop the group’s summer protests outside the park and what they perceive as the mishandling of the Green Oaks trailer park issue.

Marineland: Spinning the crisis with Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati

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The Toronto Star has an interesting article where they share details of emails that Mayor Jim Diodati and his assistant sent back and forth and how they tried to craft their message about the Marineland crisis.

It’s a case study in political spinning — the good and the bad.

Last August, Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati scrambled to contain the damage after a Star exposé about the treatment of animals at Marineland, according to internal documents.

But within a few days he was bewildered and wondering why constituents were so furious at him. Everything he did seemed to go wrong.

The subject of one email read: “Everyone hates Marineland — but YOU!”

“It’s pretty disappointing how one-sided most of the emails and comments/arguments are . . . very unbalanced,” the mayor wrote his executive assistant.

The story exploded on social media, and Diodati’s BlackBerry didn’t stop buzzing for days.

Marineland launches another suit

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From Sun News:

Marineland has filed its second lawsuit in less than a month.

This time the marine-animal theme park is taking aim at Marineland Animal Defense founder Dylan Powell.

The statement of claim was filed at the St. Catharines courthouse Friday afternoon.

It asks for a permanent restraint from Powell and his company from trespassing on Marineland’s property, the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre’s property, Marineland owner John Holer’s property, Marineland veterinarian June Mergl’s property and any residence or private property owned by a Marineland employee.

It also says Powell can’t protest within 500 metres of any of those properties.

In addition, Powell is being sued for $1.5 million for general damages.

Marineland owner John Holer trying to acquire another killer whale

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From the Toronto Star:

Marineland owner John Holer is trying to acquire another killer whale for his tourist park, according to the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Association director Bill Peters told the Star he believes Marineland had a another killer whale lined up to join lone Kiska, but it fell through.

Now “they are following leads and looking for opportunities,” said Peters.

November march planned to keep spotlight on Marineland

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From 610 CKTB:

The season may be over but the pressure remains on Marineland.

On November 8th animal rights activists plan to march from the clinic of the park’s chief vet, June Mergl, to owner John Holer’s house.

The candle light march is being called “Follow the Money” Marineland March.

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